Turkish invasion threat escalates Syrian conflict

By Bill Van Auken, 22 January 2016

The reports of Turkish incursions into northern Syria come amid heightened tensions between Ankara and Moscow.

“Staggering” violence in Iraq: The legacy of US war and occupation

Pentagon chief outlines plan for escalation of Iraq-Syria war

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Hearing scheduled to consider injunction against protesting Detroit teachers

By Jerry White, 22 January 2016

While a judge denied an initial request for a temporary injunction, 23 teachers have been ordered to appear on Monday morning to answer accusations that they organized “illegal strikes.”

Escalating Michigan crisis overwhelms Obama’s visit to Detroit

The Detroit teachers’ fight to defend public education

Autoworkers speak on Flint water crisis

By Shannon Jones, 22 January 2016

Workers expressed their solidarity with the people of Flint who are suffering from lead poisoning due to the criminal actions of state, local and federal authorities.

Job cuts mount as global economy falters

By Gabriel Black, 22 January 2016

The cascade of job cuts comes as prominent figures attending the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland predict a grim future for the world economy.

Financial markets press Portugal to intensify austerity

By Paul Mitchell, 22 January 2016

The Socialist Party has already made clear that it is committed to the troika’s demands, offering to cut the budget deficit by more than it previously suggested.

Japan heightens its profile in the South China Sea

By Peter Symonds, 22 January 2016

Japan, like the US, is exploiting the tensions in the disputed waters to advance its own economic and strategic interests in South East Asia.

President Maduro to rule by emergency decree as Venezuela heads toward default

By Alexander Fangmann, 22 January 2016

With the price of oil falling to $26 per barrel, Venezuela’s government is preparing to take emergency measures to impose austerity and ensure payments to the banks.

Three US coal miners killed in three weeks

By Naomi Spencer, 22 January 2016

Three coal miners have died in separate accidents 19 days into the new year, the highest number to occur in such a period since 2006.

General Electric given $145 million in incentives to move headquarters to Boston

By John Marion, 22 January 2016

Incentives offered to GE include tax breaks, public property for a new building, a private airplane hangar and two ferry boats.

Massive methane gas leak imperils Los Angeles neighborhood

By Evan Blake, 22 January 2016

One of the largest methane gas leaks in US history, the product of corporate greed, could grow substantially worse in the event of a well head blowout.

Canadian elite seizes on Burkina Faso terrorist attack to push militarist agenda

By Roger Jordan, 22 January 2016

Sections of Canada’s military-defence establishment are urging the government to exploit the terrorist atrocity in Ouagadougou to justify a Canadian military intervention in West Africa.

Indian Stalinists form pro-imperialist Third Front in Tamil Nadu

By Athiyan Silva and V. Gnana, 22 January 2016

The Stalinists chose V. Gopalasamy, a pro-US politician and admirer of Barack Obama, as the leader coordinating the activities of the Front’s different parties.

Imprisonment periods lengthening in Australian immigration detention centres

By Max Newman, 22 January 2016

Detainees are now being incarcerated for an average 445 days, resulting in severe mental distress.

New in Turkish

IYSSE (Almanya) Humboldt Üniversitesi öğrenci seçimlerinde dört sandalye kazandı

Muhabirlerimizden, 22 Ocak 2016

Berlin Humboldt Üniversitesi tarafından Perşembe sabahı yayınlanan ön seçim sonuçlarına göre, Toplumsal Eşitlik İçin Uluslararası Gençlik ve Öğrenciler (IYSSE), 149 oy aldı ve öğrenci meclisinde dört sandalyeyle temsil edilecek.

Karadeniz’deki savaş gemisi yığınağı ABD-Rusya gerilimini tırmandırıyor

Thomas Gaist, 22 Ocak 2016

Rus hükümeti, Salı günü, Rusya Donanması’nın son derece stratejik olan Karadeniz’deki savaş gemisi varlığını takviye edeceğini duyurdu. Moskova, yeni konuşlandırmaların ABD ve NATO güçlerinin yığınağına karşılık olduğunu söylüyor.

ABD ve AB İran’a karşı ekonomik yaptırımları kaldırdı

Keith Jones, 22 Ocak 2016

ABD ve onun Avrupa Birliği’ndeki müttefikleri, Cumartesi gecesi, İran’a 2011’den beri uyguladıkları ve dünyanın geri kalanını da uymaya zorladıkları cezalandırıcı ekonomik yaptırımları kaldırdıklarını duyurdular.

New in German

Die politische Bedeutung der weltwirtschaftlichen Turbulenzen

Von Nick Beams, 22. Januar 2016

Die Unruhe auf den globalen Märkten ist ein Ausdruck des Zusammenbruchs der Mechanismen und Strukturen, die den Weltkapitalismus im letzten Vierteljahrhundert am Leben erhalten haben.

Silvesternacht in Köln: Die Widersprüche nehmen zu

Von Ulrich Rippert, 22. Januar 2016

Nach drei Wochen intensiven Ermittlungen ist immer noch weitgehend unklar, was in der Neujahrsnacht am Kölner Hauptbahnhof wirklich stattgefunden hat.

Rechte Hetze und Massenabschiebungen
Die Linkspartei verschärft ihr Vorgehen gegen Flüchtlingen

Von Johannes Stern, 22. Januar 2016

Zu den bemerkenswertesten politischen Entwicklungen im neuen Jahr gehört die offene Verwandlung der Linkspartei in eine rechte und ausländerfeindliche „Law-and-order“-Partei.

Österreich macht die Grenzen dicht

Von Marianne Arens, 22. Januar 2016

Eine Regierung nach der andern beschließt, die Grenzen zu schließen und das Schengener Abkommen außer Kraft zu setzen.

Großbritannien:
Corbyn reicht den Labour-Rechten die Hand

Von Chris Marsden, 22. Januar 2016

Trotz seiner zahmen linken Äußerungen ist er mit der Partei verheiratet, auf die sich der britische Imperialismus seit mehr als hundert Jahren stützt, um die Arbeiterklasse unter Kontrolle zu halten und seine Herrschaft zu bewahren.

Stellungnahme der IYSSE zum Ergebnis der StuPa-Wahlen an der Humboldt-Universität

Von IYSSE an der HU Berlin, 22. Januar 2016

Die Hochschulgruppe der IYSSE an der HU Berlin nimmt Stellung zum Ergebnis der StuPa-Wahlen.

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Perspective

The roots of the crisis in Flint and Detroit

22 January 2016

The catastrophe in Michigan, including the lead poisoning of thousands of residents in Flint, has provoked outrage across the country.

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International Youth and Students for Social Equality

IYSSE statement on the student parliament vote at Humboldt University

By the International Youth and Students for Social Equality (Germany), 22 January 2016

The IYSSE won significant support in the student parliament election at Berlin’s Humboldt University on the basis of opposition to militarism, xenophobia and right-wing historical revisionism.

German IYSSE wins four seats in Humboldt University Student Elections

By our correspondent, 21 January 2016

IYSSE at Berlin’s Humboldt University holds final election campaign meeting

The Crisis in Detroit and Flint

Emergency meeting January 27 on the crisis in Flint and Detroit

22 January 2016

The Socialist Equality Party and International Youth and Students for Social Equality are calling a public meeting in Detroit, Michigan on January 27 to discuss a political strategy to unite the working class.

“We are all in this together. This is class warfare”
Video: Detroit teachers speak out in protests during Obama visit

By Jerry White and Buster Haycook, 21 January 2016

Union officials work with Obama administration to crush Detroit teacher protests

The Flint water crisis and the criminality of American capitalism

By Jerry White, 20 January 2016

“We’ve lost our democracy. It’s a revolutionary time.”
Video: Workers and youth protest Flint water poisoning at Michigan State Capitol

By Lawrence Porter and Zac Corrigan, 20 January 2016

More on the water crisis in Flint, Michigan »

Mehring Books

Twenty-five years since the first Gulf War
Desert Slaughter: The Imperialist War Against Iraq—an enduring contribution to waging war on war

By Eric London, 21 January 2016

In 1991, the Workers League, forerunner of the SEP, published this valuable compendium of articles and statements providing a Marxist analysis of the imperialist war in Iraq and the breakdown of the postwar international order.

Featured Commentary

To create a genuine artistic “avant garde” means confronting critical historical issues

By David Walsh, 20 January 2016

The essay by David Walsh we are posting today considers whether or not an artistic vanguard exists today—and, if not, what such a vanguard would consist of and what questions it would have to confront.

Arts Review

Jazz album: Crisis by Amir ElSaffar and the Two Rivers Ensemble

By Jeff Lusanne, 22 January 2016

An album fusing Western jazz traditions and traditional Arab music preserves an endangered Iraqi art form and creates a new sound.

The semi-boycott of the “whites only” Academy Awards

By David Walsh, 21 January 2016

30 Americans at the Detroit Institute of Arts: The art of identity politics

By Zac Corrigan, 20 January 2016

Commentary

UK parliament debates banning Donald Trump—but what about David Cameron?

By Chris Marsden, 22 January 2016

The parliamentary debate on whether to ban Republican Presidential candidate Donald Trump from entering the UK took place on the same day that Prime Minister David Cameron launched his own campaign to stir up anti-Muslim sentiment.

The political significance of the global economic turmoil

By Nick Beams, 21 January 2016

China confirms economic slowdown as IMF cuts global growth forecast

What is driving the stock market panic?

What is behind the growing criticism of German Chancellor Angela Merkel?

By Ulrich Rippert, 21 January 2016

UK: Corbyn offers Labour’s right an olive branch over Trident

By Chris Marsden, 21 January 2016

Calls for “primary of the left” offer political cover to French ruling party

By Francis Dubois, 21 January 2016

Illinois Republicans announce Chicago bankruptcy legislation

By Kristina Betinis, 21 January 2016

Were French intelligence forces complicit in the Charlie Hebdo attacks?

Prominent German journalist attacks refugees in the New York Times

The ruling class meets at Davos

Workers Struggles

Workers Struggles: Europe, Middle East & Africa

22 January 2016

The World Socialist Web Site invites workers and other readers to contribute to this regular feature.

New in Arabic

Arabic translation of “On the threshold of the New Year”

We are publishing here an Arabic translation of the Perspective that was posted on the WSWS in English on December 31.

The 2016 US Elections

Sanders in the Democratic debate: A “political revolution” that stops at the water’s edge

By Bill Van Auken, 19 January 2016

Bernie Sanders poses as an opponent of Wall Street in New York speech

Socialist Alternative forms group to support Sanders campaign

Is Bernie Sanders a socialist?

More on the 2016 US Elections »

25 years ago: First week of bombing in US war against Iraq

On January 19, 1991, after two days of relentless air strikes on Iraqi forces during the “Desert Storm” operation, military analysts declared the Iraqi air force could no longer “be regarded as any kind of a serious threat.”

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50 years ago: Pentagon asks for more troops in Vietnam

On January 20, 1966, Secretary of Defense Robert McNamara outlined Pentagon plans to more than double US troop strength in Vietnam during the year to over 400,000.

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75 years ago: Churchill government crackdown on Communist Party

On January 21, 1941 Britain’s Home Secretary Herbert Morrison ordered the suppression of the Daily Worker, newspaper of British Communist Party.

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100 years ago: British parliament introduces conscription

On January 24, 1916, the House of Commons, the lower house of the British parliament, voted overwhelmingly in favour of the Military Service Act, a bill to introduce conscription into the army.

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Autoworkers Struggles

US auto companies announce big payout to stockholders

By Shannon Jones, 15 January 2016

Worker killed in Ohio Honda plant

UAW local publishes blacklist of workers who opt out of dues payment

More on autoworkers struggles »

Book Review

Power Wars: Inside Obama’s Post-9/11 Presidency
Obama’s place in history: Permanent war and the breakdown of American democracy
Part two

By Eric London, 14 January 2016

75 Years Since the Assassination Of Leon Trotsky

Security and the Fourth International, the Gelfand Case and the deposition of Mark Zborowski
An open letter from David North to Susan Weissman

10 November 2015

Seventy-five years since the assassination of Leon Trotsky

Meetings in Germany mark the 75th anniversary of the death of Leon Trotsky